AviationRecovery could ‘take a long time’, says Carrie Lam

Hong Kong’s business-friendly image tested by protests

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Hong Kong Express cancelled 30 flights on Tuesday. Credit: WikiCommons.
Julian Walker, a spokesman for travel management platform CWT, said, "Some customers have shown a decline in travel bookings to Hong Kong in June and July, as a number of countries have issued safety advisories urging travellers to exercise caution."

The latest escalation of Hong Kong’s protest movement threatens the Asian city's business-friendly image, say analysts.

"There is a serious impact on the operation of the airport," said Hong Kong's second-highest ranking government official, chief secretary Matthew Cheung. "We are an international airport hub and it is also the trunk of Hong Kong's business."

Julian Walker, a spokesman for travel management platform CWT, said, "Some customers have shown a decline in travel bookings to Hong Kong in June and July, as a number of countries have issued safety advisories urging travellers to exercise caution."

It was too early to know how Monday's shutdown had affected bookings, he said.

The city's leader Carrie Lam denounced the demonstrations saying that "law breaking activities in the name of freedom" were damaging the rule of law, and that the Asian financial hub's recovery from anti-government protests could take a long time.

Hong Kong International Airport reopened on Tuesday morning after protestors forced its closure on Monday evening by blocking the departure terminal, delaying thousands of passengers.

The backlog of flights caused by Monday’s cancellations flowed through to Tuesday when 160 outbound and 150 inbound Hong Kong flights were cancelled, the South China Morning Post reported.

Hong Kong Express cancelled flights to and from 30 destinations including Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea. It offered passengers on cancelled flights a full refund or options to change their travel schedules.

Overnight, frustrated passengers slept in chairs and behind check-in counters.


Source: Travel Weekly USA 


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